DAR American Indian Scholarships

The NSDAR awards multiple scholarships to students showing dedication to the pursuit of degrees in diverse disciplines including history, law, nursing, and education.

The DAR Scholarship Committee awards scholarships to qualified applicants regardless of race, religion or sex. All applicants must be United States citizens. All multi-year scholarships, typically renewable up to four years, must be for consecutive years of attendance at an accredited college or university in the United States. The only exception is the American Indian Scholarship that is available for students pursuing vocational training.

Annual Amount

DAR American Indian Scholarship
Varies $4,000 
Frances Crawford Marvin American Indian Scholarship
1 Varies
Anne Trevarthen Memorial Scholarship

1 Varies

Additional Selection Criteria

DAR American Indian Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to help Native Americans students of any age, any tribe and in any state striving to get an education at the undergraduate or graduate levels.  However, undergraduate students are given preference. All awards are judged based on financial need and academic achievement.

Applicants must be Native Americans (proof of American Indian blood is required by letter or proof papers) in financial need and have a grade point average of 3.25 or higher. There will be no exceptions.

This is a one-time $4,000 award.

Frances Crawford Marvin American Indian Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded once a year to one student. A candidate for this scholarship must be enrolled full time at a 2- or 4- year college or university.

Applicants must be Native Americans and proof of American Indian blood is required by letter or proof papers. Students must demonstrate financial need, academic achievement, and have a 3.25 GPA or higher. A recipient may reapply for this scholarship and be considered along with other members of the applicant pool.

The amount of scholarship is based on total return of the endowment, and may vary year to year.

Anne Trevarthen Memorial Scholarship

This one-time scholarship will be presented each April to a high-school senior who will be attending the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Eligible applicants must demonstrate a personal connection to American Indian culture and traditions, as well as evidence of personal commitment to celebrating diversity and to bridging differences between disparate groups.

Preference will be given to students who demonstrate knowledge of and/or involvement with one of Virginia’s state-recognized Tribes. The amount of the scholarship is based on the annual return of the endowment, and may vary year to year.

Application Process


Email the completed application packet to the national vice chair of the specific scholarship for which you are applying. The application packet must be complete and arranged in the order listed below. Most recent transcripts, letters of recommendation and other required documents must be emailed to the national vice chair of the specific scholarship no later than February 15, 2019 Midnight EST in a single email. The application is not to exceed 15 pages. A separate application must be submitted for each scholarship; incomplete applications will be not be considered. Photographs will result in disqualification and should not be included. Scholarships are judged and awarded without regard to gender, race, color, religion, national origin or disability. NOTE: Application must be typed or computer generated. Scholarship applicants selected as finalists will be contacted to provide a sealed official transcript, which will be sent to NSDAR headquarters.


O Scholarship Application (must be typed or computer generated).

O Statement of 1,000 words or less setting forth his/her career objectives (typed).

O Most recent transcript of high school (must indicate class rank, size, and test scores, if available) or college grades (as applicable). Major must be indicated on most recent transcript where specific major required. Home schooled students include transcripts for grade 9 through current year must be sent with application.

O All scholarships with a minimum grade point average (GPA) are based on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent GPA on the scale used by the applicable educational institution.

O Letters of recommendation (at least two but not to exceed four from high school or college now attending). Letter should cover applicant’s ability, work habits, integrity, character, potential, and volunteer activities.

O List of extra-curricular activities, honors received, and scholastic achievements (one side of 8 1/2'' x 11'' paper).

O Photocopy of United States citizenship: birth certificate, naturalization papers, or information page of U.S. Passport. Cover your photograph if you are submitting a copy of naturalization or passport pages.

O Financial Need Form for the: Caroline E. Holt, Mildred Nutting and Occupational Therapy Scholarships (typed or computer general)

All applications due February 15, at 12 midnight (EST)

Please visit the website below and follow the links to American Indian  scholarships page to see the specific requirements for the scholarships you are applying for.


February 15, 2019